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The Forum, Southend-on-Sea

Welcome to the Big Screen at The Forum Southend-on-Sea. The big screen can be found in Elmer Square – Southend’s newest public square right next to The Forum Southend-on-Sea, which opened in September 2013.

The Forum Southend-on-Sea is a fully integrated public and academic library and learning hub built by a unique and dynamic partnership between Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, the University of Essex and South Essex College – and is also a new home for Focal Point Gallery.

Outside this iconic award-winning building is the Big Screen showcasing culture and entertainment, such as the magic of free world-class opera screened live direct from the Royal Opera House

Why not enjoy a picnic in the square as you experience these exceptional events?

The Royal Opera | The Marriage of Figaro | Tuesday 9 July at 7pm | pre-screening starts at 6.30pm

Revolution is in the air in The Royal Opera’s beautiful production of Mozart's great comic opera. Colourful characters mix with intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness in a multitude of dramatic twists. Watch a live screening of this famous opera from the Royal Opera House stage direct to the BP Big Screen at The Forum, Southend-on-Sea.


What I need to know before I attend:

The performances will be screened within Elmer Square, immediately adjacent to The Forum, which is accessible to all (event conditions apply).

Seating:  Visitors are invited to bring their own folding seats, cushions or picnic blankets.

Facilities: Toilet facilities are available inside the Forum until 10pm when the building will close. You are welcome to bring your own picnic and enjoy it in the Square (please note BBQs will not be allowed). There are also restaurants, fast food outlets, coffee shops and bars located near the square.

Please be aware that Southend High Street, beyond the square, is designated as a ‘no drinking zone’ by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

In the interest of public safety, the following conditions will apply in Elmer Square:-

  • Free entry to the event is on a first come first served basis subject to capacity
  • Event stewards will be entitled to search persons and/or their possessions on entry to the square
  • Staff will not take responsibility for any prohibited items
  • Prohibited items include, but are not restricted to, large parasols, gazebos, awnings and portable barbecues
  • The organisers reserve the right to refuse admission to the event enclosure for whatever reason
  • All litter should be disposed of in the bins provided or taken home
  • This is an outdoor event, please check weather forecast and dress appropriately

Please note, the Royal Opera House always seeks guidance regarding content from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). While a 12A rating is the minimum classification level issued for all live screenings in the UK, our content can still be suitable for children of all ages. Click this link for further information regarding the classification of filmed content.

How do I get there?

The Forum Southend-on-Sea is ideally situated just off Southend High Street, easily reached by public transport. 24 hour car parking is available nearby in University Square.

The address is Elmer Square, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1NE. For a map of the location please visit

Train –Southend is served by 2 separate train lines from London (Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street).

Southend Central Station (Fenchurch Street – Shoeburyness service) is located only a few moments’ walk away from The Forum.

Southend Victoria Station (Liverpool Street – Southend Victoria service) is located approximately a 5 minute walk away - when leaving the station follow the signs to the High Street / Seafront. The Forum can be reached on foot from the High Street. If you are approaching from the top of the High Street, turn right at Café Nero.

For train services and timetables visit

Buses - The main bus stops in central Southend are located very near to Southend High Street. The Forum, Elmer Square runs parallel to the High Street - if approaching from the top of the High Street, turn right at Café Nero. For local bus services and timetables visit: - or

Road and Parking

To reach the Forum by car, follow signs from the A13 or A127 to the town centre. University Square car park on College Way (opposite Sainsbury’s) is open for 24hr parking. There are also various council-run short-stay public car parks in Central Southend. Please check closing times as some may close before the end of the performances. Visit: - or call 01702 215000